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Hanoi (VNA) – The Asia America Gateway (AAG) undersea cable broke down on August 23, the fourth incident so far this year, affecting Vietnam’s international internet connections.

The Vietnam Post and Telecoms Group (VNPT) said on August 24 that the breakdown was due to a power leakage at a point about 250km offshore the cable’s landing point in Vung Tau (Ba Ria-Vung Tau province).

This is the fourth breakdown of the cable line this year. The previous three ruptures were in January, May and June.

The AAG has a total length of 20,191 km, connecting Southeast Asia with the United States. It was put into operation in November 2009. The route’s connecting point with Vietnam is part of the S1 section, extending 314 kilometres and coming on land in Vung Tau (Vietnam), Brunei, Hong Kong (China), the Philippines and Guam, Hawaii and California (the US).-VNA